Fight right to the finish

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:07 AM ET

There is something more important to Edmonton Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia than securing a home playoff game at the end of the regular season.

While a home game would be great - be it a West Division semi-final or final - firing on all cylinders is most important.

"It doesn't really matter where we finish -really," said Maciocia.

"Just go out and play well every single week and win as many football games as possible.

"Did you finish first? Did you finish second? Did you finish third? Did you cross over (to the East Division)?

"That don't matter to me. What is important is how we are going to finish off the season. Just go in (to the playoffs) on a high. Go in playing your best football.

"And then if we have the good fortune of hosting games here, that is a bonus. If we have to go on the road, we have done that before.

"Just play your best football in the next few weeks - that is all I am asking them to do."

When referring to going on the road in the playoffs, Maciocia is talking about 2005 when the Esks ran the table on the road in the post-season - winning in Calgary and twice in Vancouver - to win the Grey Cup that fall.

At the moment, Edmonton is at 9-6 in the West Division and in a three-way tie for second place - two points behind first-place Calgary.

With three games remaining in the regular season, Edmonton could still finish first to last in the West.

First place brings an automatic bye to the West final at home.

Second place means hosting the West semifinal. The bottom two spots in the West Division mean going on the road in the post season.

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